THE STORY of a Flintshire man who received the Victoria Cross for his bravery in the First World War is now available on smartphones at his memorial garden.

Henry Weale, from Shotton, worked at the John Summers & Sons steelworks before joining the Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

He received Britain’s highest gallantry award after clearing out a German machine-gun post on the Western Front – despite his own gun having failed.

Now Shotton Town Council has teamed up with the HistoryPoints initiative to make his remarkable story available to anyone who passes or visits his memorial garden, by the entrance to Jubilee Street.

QR codes are attached to the edge of one of the flowerbeds at the garden. Scanning the codes with a smartphone connects to a page on the website about Henry.


HistoryPoints researcher Adrian Hughes said: “Henry Weale is rightly commemorated in his home town but as time passes, fewer and fewer residents know about his selfless act of heroism which saved the lives of many comrades and earned him the VC.

"We’re pleased that our QR codes and information will bring fresh attention to his story.”

The HistoryPoints initiative has seen QR codes loaded with information placed at historical points of interest across Flintshire. 

People need only to scan the QR code on their phone to read a concise history of the object in front of them. It has codes at some 2,100 sites across Wales.